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Something good finally happened to the Harvard baseball team Saturday afternoon at Brown. A 9-3 victory, engineered by super freshman pitcher Larry Brown, snapped the Crimson's dreary five-game losing streak and sent Harvard into the second game of the doubleheader looking for a sweep.
That was not to be, however, as the Bruins took the nightcap by an 8-6 margin and sent the Cambridge nine home with a 13-8 record, 2-6 up North and 1-5 in the EIBL.
Brown continued to build his reputation as one of the bright spots in a difficult year, limiting the Bruins to just four hits in seven strong innings of work. Harvard's offensive corps, meanwhile, continued to impress, banging out ten hits for nine runs in rallying from an early 2-0 deficit.
Crimson centerfielder Leon Goetz, sporting a new pair of prescription eyeglasses, was the hitting star of the doubleheader with big hits in both games. His two-run double tied the first game in the third inning, and he followed later on with another two-bagger in the seventh, keying a four-run rally which iced the opener.
Pete Bannish made his mark at the plate as well in Harvard's big innings, collecting a crucial triple in the third and a run-scoring double in the seventh.
Goetz and Bannish carried their hot hitting into the second game, and Goetz's single in the opening stanza brought home Dave Singleton to put Harvard out to a short-lived 1-0 lead.
The Bruins were all over Crimson starter Paul McOsker in the bottom of the first, picking up two runs, and then broke the game open with a five-run rally in the third off reliever Jamie Werly. Harvard had taken a 4-2 lead in the top of the third with Goetz (single) and Bannish (two-run double) again doing the heavy work.
Goetz brought the Crimson back to within 7-5 with a fifth inning home run, but Brown got the run right back again in the bottom half.
Trailing 8-5, Dave Knoll brought home Tom Joyce on a combination fielder's choice-error, but was stranded at second base when Jim Peccerillo flied to left, ending the game.
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